Hospital Check List

Going into hospital for an operation can be a very daunting experience. Fear and worry can make us forget the most simple but necessary things and I personally would have been grateful for a last minute check list of items I may have needed for my stay.

For this reason I have devised this easy tick chart in order to assist anybody who may have to stay overnight in hospital.

Things to remember

  • Make a note of any last minute questions you may have regarding your stay or your surgery
  • Mobile phone, charger or money for a pay phone (your lifeline to the outside world)
  • Money for drinks and food from the ward trolley
  • Money for TV cards or phone top ups (if available )
  • Nightwear: something with easy access for IV drips and that is comfortable to sleep and rest in
  • Slippers (hospital floors can be cold and dirty)
  • Underwear (for dignity)
  • A dressing gown (for the middle of the night toilet trips)
  • Bathing essentials (towels and flannels)
  • Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner (if required)
  • Hair brush or comb (if required)
  • Hair ties if you have long hair (these can be useful when you are unable to wash your hair)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Tissues, baby wipes and facial wipes (for a quick freshen up when you are unable to get out of bed)
  • Flip flops (they are non-slip and they keep your feet free from other peoples germs)
  • Antibacterial wipes to clean your own table tops, cupboards and toilet seat (vital with NHS cleaners or should I say lack of them)
  • Bottle of water to drink
  • IPod, games console and chargers, crosswords, magazines, papers, books, pen (these help to relieve boredom, help to divert your attention from any pain and can aid sleep)
  • Reading glasses (if required)
  • Any medication you take regularly¬† (e.g inhalers, antihistamines as these will not be provided during your hospital stay)
  • Spare clothing, jacket or jumpers in case you venture outside the ward
  • Last but not least a pillow, teddy, blanket, lucky charm or anything that may bring you comfort whilst being away from home



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